COVINGTON -- High school students and parents have a chance to learn more about career offerings expanding in the Newton County School System this year.
The Newton College & Career Academy will hold an information meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Porter Auditorium at Newton High School.
"(You can) learn about the academic class offerings and the career pathway programs in their state of the art classrooms and laboratory facilities," said Sherri Davis-Viniard, director of Public Relations at NCSS.
She said families also can learn more about the registration process for next school year.
It is open to any high school student in NCSS.
The academy focuses on teaching work ready skills. It is evaluated to make sure students achieve academic and career pathway skills; science, technology, engineering and mathematics literacy; 21st Century work place skills; professional skills; and personal success skills, according to James Woodard, CEO/principal.
Currently, students are taking classes in horticulture, engineering, construction, cosmetology, culinary and agriculture, among others. More classes will be added as the program grows.
Dual enrollment classes through Georgia Perimeter College and Georgia Piedmont Technical College also will be offered at the school.
Currently, the academy is being housed at Alcovy High School.
The new stand-alone building near Newton High School is expected to open in late March, according to NCSS Deputy Superintendent Dennis Carpenter. It originally was scheduled to open in January, at least partially, but weather and a tight schedule delayed any sort of opening.
The school is being built for 800 students.
Currently, about 250 students are enrolled in the program. Next school year, about 500 students are expected to be enrolled and about 700 are projected for the following school year.
The new school is being developed using $3.05 million in state grant funds awarded as part of the state Georgia Career Academy Project. The program also has secured an $8,000 charter planning grant, $14,500 in Ford PAS Next Generation Learning grants, a $1,345,000 equipment grant and a $30,000 Remote Automation Management Project grant for equipment and software.
A registration form is available on the NCSS website, www.newtoncountyschools.org. More information is available by visiting www.newtoncareeracademy.org or talking to high school counselors; the school also has Twitter and Facebook pages.